Brad Rowswell

Brad Rowswell is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since November 2018, representing the seat of Sandringham, winning election by just over 500 votes. He is currently the Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.[1]

Brad Rowswell

A man with short brown hair wearing a suit and bowtie smiles at the camera
Brad Rowswell in 2018
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Sandringham
Assumed office
24 November 2018
Preceded byMurray Thompson
Personal details
Born1986
Sandringham, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal

Early lifeEdit

Rowswell was born at the Sandringham Hospital and grew up in the suburb of Beaumaris.[2] He was educated at St Bede's College in Mentone.

CareerEdit

Rowswell worked in business and as a political advisor before his election to State Parliament.[3] He was selected as the Liberal nominee over former councillor Felicity Frederico,[4] and won election to State Parliament over Labor Party candidate Anita Horvath by slightly over 500 votes, winning 50.6% to 49.4%.[3]

While Rowswell was campaigning for office in 2017, a fundraiser for him and the Sandringham Liberal Party included as guest speaker Margaret Court, a former tennis player who was one of the leading voices against same-sex marriage and has a history of making homophobic statements.[5][6]

Rowswell spoke against Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews being depicted as a Nazi after a poster of Andrews with a moustache similar to Adolf Hitler was discovered in Highett, which is part of Rowswell's Sandringham electorate.[7]

 
Sandringham Electoral office of Brad Rowswell.

Rowswell was appointed Shadow Minister for Energy in March 2021 following the failed leadership spill against Michael O'Brien.[[1]] Rowswell once studied to be a Catholic Priest. [[2]]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Preiss, Benjamin (9 March 2020). "First-term MPs on frontbench as Libs aim to be 'a better alternative'". The Age. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Brad Rowswell MP". Brad Rowswell. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b Green, Antony (2018). "Sandringham". Victorian State Election 2018. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  4. ^ Dunlan, Joseph (3 December 2018). "Victorian election 'catastrophe' spurs Liberal women to push for female MP quotas". ABC News. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  5. ^ Willingham, Richard (4 June 2017). "Margaret Court the guest speaker at Liberal Party fundraiser in Melbourne". The Age. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  6. ^ Jones, Jesse (20 June 2017). "Margaret Court protest planned for Liberal fundraiser". Star Observer. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Premier depicted as Nazi leader, residents encouraged to 'resist' wearing masks in shocking vandal attack". Herald Sun. 8 January 2021.
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Murray Thompson
Member for Sandringham
2018–present
Incumbent